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6,000-gallon tanker hauling ethanol tips over in Mission Valley, prompting hazmat response

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jun 20, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A 6,000-gallon tanker carrying highly flammable ethanol overturned in Mission Valley Thursday afternoon, prompting a hazmat response.

The tanker overturned near the intersection of San Diego Mission Road and Rancho Mission Road near SDCCU Stadium after 3:30 p.m.

The entrance to the stadium was closed as crews cleared the scene.

Authorities said 40-60 gallons of ethanol spilled and made their way to a nearby storm drain. Crews were able to prevent the ethanol from entering the San Diego River.

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, crews drilled into the tank to remove additional fuel.

The driver was injured as a result of the crash and was taken to the emergency room. His injuries are unknown at this time.

SDFRD officials said the driver tried to make a 90-degree turn when the semi overturned.

At around 2 a.m. Friday, crews were able to move the truck upright.

Roads that were closed by the incident were expected to be reopened by 6 a.m.